Larry Harrington Partner

Larry Harrington has extensive experience at the intersection of multilateral finance and private sector investment, as well as law and public policy, with an emphasis on Latin America. He has held leadership, management, and legal positions in government, international financial institutions, and the private sector. Harrington most recently served as Chief Policy Deputy for the Attorney General of the State of Tennessee where he worked on matters ranging from utility regulation and synthetic drugs to consumer protection andpublic corruption. He represented the Attorney General’s office on human trafficking issues on the task force of Gov. Bill Haslam and the National Association of Attorneys General and was the office’s liaison with the association.

Harrington’s most recent assignment in Latin America was as Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in Mexico where he managed the Bank’s portfolio and was a member of the diplomatic corps. Previously, he was appointed by President Clinton and twice confirmed by the U.S. Senate as United States Executive Director and Alternate Director of the IDB and the Inter-American Investment Corporation.  During his six year term, the board authorized billions of dollars of loans and grants in virtually every country of Latin America and the Caribbean. Much of his focus was on private sector project finance, regulatory compliance, governance, and anti-corruption. In recognition of his leadership at these institutions, Harrington received a distinguished service award from the U.S. Treasury Department where he worked closely with senior officials under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.

In 2002 Harrington joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, as a Public Policy Scholar where he studied energy market integration in Latin America. He affiliated with MAPA the same year, working closely with several Spanish clients in the sectors of energy and finance. Harrington has served on several Presidential Transition teams for trade finance agencies, international financial institutions, and regional development banks. A Spanish speaker, he observed elections and worked in democracy programs in El Salvador and other countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean. He was a founding member of the Board of Visitors of the Organization for Tropical Studies, a leader in the study of tropical biology in Costa Rica. Harrington worked on Capitol Hill where he was a political advisor to the Democratic Senate majority and counsel, legislative assistant, and political advisor to Al Gore during his tenure in Congress and in several campaigns. He was a senior political advisor to Senators Bob Kerrey and John Breaux.

He currently holds an appointment as affiliated faculty at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies and has taught classes as adjunct professor of law and ethics at Belmont University’s Massey Graduate School of Business. Harrington clerked for a federal district judge, practiced law with the New York firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood and worked as a business consultant with the MAPA Group of Washington and Madrid. Harrington is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law. His wife is Chief of Staff to a member of the U.S. Congress. They have two children.

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